> -----Original Message-----
> From: Stuart Dallas [mailto:stu...@3ft9.com]
> Sent: 18 January 2012 12:02
> On 17 Jan 2012, at 23:17, Haluk Karamete wrote:
> > I'm afraid session.cookie_lifetime = 0 keeps all session data (
> that
> > is past and present ) in server memory until a server restart/stop
> > takes place. Correct me if I'm wrong.
> You are wrong. What you need to understand is that the cleanup of
> the data is controlled by a completely separate system to that which
> enables requests to get access to it. The session.gc_maxlifetime
> setting controls how long it must be since the session data was
> saved before it is considered for cleanup. The description above is
> correct in that the default behaviour is for the session cookie to
> die with the browser session, but that has absolutely no effect on
> how long the data will be retained on the server.

And you are also possibly wrong that session information is kept in
system memory, as the default is for it to be serialized and saved in
a regular file on disk. There are other options (database, shared memory,
...), but disk files are the default.



Mike Ford,
Electronic Information Developer, Libraries and Learning Innovation,  
Portland PD507, City Campus, Leeds Metropolitan University,
Portland Way, LEEDS,  LS1 3HE,  United Kingdom 
E: m.f...@leedsmet.ac.uk     T: +44 113 812 4730

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